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The Three Sisters [DVD]

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Joan Plowright, Derek Jacobi, Jeanne Watts
  • Directors: Laurence Olivier
  • Producers: John Goldstone
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022EFDY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A direct filming of Laurence Olivier's stage version of Chekhov's play about compromise, dissatisfaction and broken dreams. Olga (Jeanne Watts), Irina (Louise Purnell) and Masha (Joan Plowright) are the three daughters of a deceased Russian General, who, along with their brother Andrei (Derek Jacobi), dream constantly of their former life in Moscow. Now living in a small town, they find life hopelessly provincial and meaningless, and despair of ever finding meaning or romance in their dull lives. Despite Andrei's marriage to a local girl and Masha's affair with a soldier, their hopes of a more glamorous and exciting life begin to fade, until tragedy eventually befalls the ill-fated family.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a beautiful, glorious filming of Chekhov's brilliant play. Unfortunately, because it cannot be found on video here in America, I had to catch it late-night on TV in order to see it. You Brits are lucky.
The acting is superb, especially by Joan Plowright, Jeanne Watts, and Louise Purnell, who flesh out the conflicting characteristics perfectly. Olivier himself puts in a fine performance as the alcoholic officer, and two of Britan's finest actors, Alan Bates and Derek Jacobi, offer wonderful support. The photography by Geoffrey Unsworth is magnificent, and the simplistic production design makes you feel like you're actually in a theater watching a production. As always, Olivier does more with the theater than any other director could.
"Three Sisters" is not as involving as Olivier's first two Shakespeare films, "Henry V" and "Hamlet," but it shows that Sir Laurence has just as much understanding of Chekhov, and deserves to go on the same shelf.
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I am a great fan of Laurence Olivier he I think was such a diverse acting talent. He seemed to become that character he was playing be it Shakespeare or any of the other classical roles he took on during his long career. This production of Three sisters is very good Joan Plowright as ever has such stage presence and gives a remarkable performance. The supporting cast are also very good. I am not so familiar with this playwright as I am with maybe Shakespeare but never the less I enjoyed the whole experience.
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sal on 10 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a wonderful film to watch, if simply for Laurence Olivier's wonderful russian drunk, heehee.
His Direction is wonderful, although a little slow sometimes, but then we should realy blame Chekhov for writing such a darned boring play in the first place.
But the comic bits are perfectly timed and hilarious to watch, all the performances rock solid (well i should think so, it is the national theatre you know), and unlike the national's Merchant of Venice i did not snore.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful play ruined by Kino 5 Mar 2005
By Noir Fan "Rich" - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a beautiful play, excellently acted in a very interesting production. For the price, however, one would expect decent sound if not great sound. But, the entire production is destroyed by the horrible sound - surely the worst of any DVD I have ever purchased. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! At the very least, Kino could have added English subtitles to make up for the poor sound, assuming that the source was not good and therefore they could make few if any improvements. More respect for the consumer is needed, especially for the price. Save your money and buy the Broadway Theater Archive version.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Inaudible -- The Worst Sounding DVD Ever 19 Aug 2003
By Tom From NY - Published on
Format: DVD
This might be a good film. I found it impossible to tell, due to the incredibly bad soundtrack. At first I thought it was something the matter with my sound system, but no, it was the DVD. It sounds as if several layers of cotton and a few sweaters were put around the microphones during the making of the film. There is absolutely no excuse for the DVD being released with a soundtrack as muddy as this one has.
Don't buy this DVD.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A very significant record of a great production 18 Dec 2003
By Simon Kroussier - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The other two reviews of this DVD seeem to me to have missed the point somewhat. Yes, on a purely technical level The Three Sisters print is certainly inferior. What must be remembered is that it is an archival print of a low-budget film that succeeds through its wonderful performances and vibrant authenticity. The film captures some wonderful performances by some wonderful actors, and was very obviously devised primarily as a means of preserving the original theatrical production whilst intelligently incorporating elements of cinema. Where else are you going to see Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi, Joan Plowright AND Laurence Olivier in the one cast?! Fascinating and magnificent.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
terrible sound, decent performance 30 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Terrible sound quality is obvious - you'd better have book with you while watching. Despite great names, there are no great performances - except, probably, Natasha. Decent rendition of the great Chekhov's play, but I definitely prefer taped Broadway 1965 (?) performance. BTW revolutionary "International" at the very end is, mildly put, not a good idea.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Sound and the Furious 13 Dec 2003
By A Sagacious IB teacher - Published on
I agree with the review on poor sound. It echos and is quite difficult to understand; my students would agree. The viewing experience turned out to be frustrating for them, but at times they were able to establish the events for more popular scenes. Recommended if you desire a visual or are a Chekov purist.
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